Chapter 1/5. “All it takes is one time”

This is a story by Melania V, one of our readers. We receive many stories from our readers and patients, but this one struck us the most. It is a story of her fighting like a lioness for her family and happiness. We wish Melania to keep up the spirit and do what’s right. The story is published as an original text by Melania in 5 chapters with minor alterations. The full story is published on our website.

“Your body just isn’t responding properly, we may have to consider an egg donor.”

There I was. Sitting there in front of this doctor that I had put all my faith and money into for an entire year. My husband waited for me in the car during the height of the second wave of Covid-19. He wasn’t allowed to come in so I had to hear these results alone. I had just finished my 2nd IVF cycle which resulted in one embryo making it to genetic testing but coming back abnormal.

As soon as I was old enough to understand how to get pregnant, I had it drilled into my head it MUST be prevented. I started birth control when I was 13 years old. I was on and off of it for 11 years after that. When I was married and we were financially ready for a baby, I finally threw away my pills and imagined I’d be pregnant within a month. Because that’s what we’re raised to believe. “All it takes is one time” my doctor would tell me. Well here I am, over a thousand times, and nothing yet.